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How Proper Sky Built an MSP Cloud Backup Solution with MSP360 and AWS

How Proper Sky Built an MSP Cloud Backup Solution with MSP360 and AWS

Proper Sky, a Managed Services Provider based in Pennsylvania, provides data backup and recovery services to approximately 1500 endpoints. For an MSP operating at that scale, having easy-to-manage, reliable and cost-efficient backup technology in place is critical.  Continue reading

CloudBerry at the ASCII SMB IT Success Summit in Denver

CloudBerry at the ASCII SMB IT Success Summit in Denver

Thinking of attending ASCII SMB IT Success Summit in Denver on July 24-25? Well, guess what. CloudBerry will be there as a sponsor and part of the vendor lineup. Meet David Gugick (VP Product Management) and Doug Hazelman (VP Technical Marketing, MSP Voice host) who will be representing CloudBerry at the event. Continue reading

How to Resize a Partition During the Restore from Image-Based Backup

Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Azure Stack Support in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

CloudBerry Backup 6.1 fully supports Azure Stack as a storage destination.

Azure Stack is an extension of Microsoft Azure that provides an on-premises environment for delivering Azure services within customers' own computing facilities. It offers a consistent cloud infrastructure, providing businesses with a wide range of computing solutions and services, without the latency that can impact remotely hosted, cloud-based applications.

To Add Azure Stack as a Storage Destination

  1. Open the application menu, then click Add New Account.
  2. In Select Cloud Storage dialog box, select Azure.
  3. In the Azure Account dialog box, fill in your Azure credentials. Select AzureStack item in the Account type drop-down menu.

  1. Specify the Service endpoint.
  2. In the Container drop-down menu, select the Azure container for your backups or select Create New Container to create a new one.
  3. When you are finished, click OK.

Hyper-V Virtual Disks Exclusion in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Hyper-V Virtual Disks Exclusion in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Cloudberry Backup 6.1 features updated Hyper-V support that allows users to exclude virtual disks on a virtual machine within a Hyper-V backup plan. This feature serves as an efficient tool for backup size optimization. The updated Backup Wizard offers a separate step for virtual disk selection. Continue reading

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Restore Verification in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

Restore Verification in CloudBerry Backup 6.1

About the Restore Verification Feature

For Image-based backups, CloudBerry Backup 6.1 provides the restore verification feature (beta version). When using this feature, CloudBerry Backup creates and runs a test restore plan that downloads a part of the backed up data required to start a test Windows VM created with Windows Hyper-V.

The restore verification feature lets you check the backup integrity before restoring the full backup to a real Windows machine.

Hyper-V is built into Windows as an optional component that is available in Windows 8 or higher. For Windows Server versions, Hyper-V is available in Windows Server 2008 or higher.

For instructions on how to enable the Hyper-V role for your version of OS, see Microsoft documentation. For example, appropriate instructions for Windows 10 are available here.

Before Using This Feature

Before using the restore verification feature, consider the following limitations:

  • The Hyper-V role cannot be installed on Windows 10 Home.
  • For Windows Server versions, you can use the Restore Verification feature on computers running Windows Server 2012 or higher.
  • For the test VM, in the current user temporary folder, Windows creates the Virtual Hard Drive file (.vhdx file). By default, the user temporary folder is located on the C: drive.
    For the test VM to work properly, ensure that the C: drive has enough space.

Using the Restore Verification Feature

To check an image-based backup integrity, perform the following steps:

      1. In the Home menu, navigate to the Backup Storage tab.
      2. In the list of backups, select an image-based backup to check.
      3. Right-click the backup, then select Restore Verification (BETA):

This creates and runs a test restore plan that will start a Windows VM using a part of the backed up data downloaded from the cloud storage. The virtual machine state is displayed in the preview screenshot:

    1. TIP: Optionally, to log on into VM, click the Hyper-V Console link.

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CloudFront Support is Being Discontinued

CloudFront Support is Being Discontinued

For several years, CloudBerry Explorer has offered an integration with AWS CloudFront. After careful analysis, CloudBerry Labs has decided to discontinue this support. Going forward, customers will be able to work with Amazon CloudFront directly, rather than through CloudBerry Explorer, to enjoy a more streamlined experience.

To learn more about using CloudFront in Amazon, refer to Amazon CloudFront Getting Started documentation.